13 Apr '11, 8pm

Q1 Wind Speeds Substantially Higher than Normal in Western U.S.

Q1 Wind Speeds Substantially Higher than Normal in Western U.S.

3TIER’s first quarter map illustrates departures from long-term mean wind speeds that range from -20% to +20% and provides an indication of how wind projects should have performed relative to their long-term production average based on their location. This type of analysis enables financiers and owners to perform portfolio analysis across regions and quickly view the effects of weather anomalies on both existing and proposed investments. Looking at wind speeds during the first quarter of 2011, the pattern is 0 - 20% above normal in the western half of the country and 0 - 5% below normal in the eastern half. However, the first quarter map does not illustrate the significant wind speed variability that occurred month to month throughout the beginning of 2011. Of the three months, January was a clear outlier, with well below normal wind speeds across the entire country except...

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